Calling all grilled cheese lovers – – young and old. This play date is for you.

Join us at Mt. Washington Tavern for their first ever Grilled Cheese Cook Off on Sunday, April 10th from 2-4 PM! You’ll have an opportunity to sample and rate delectable creations by some of Charm City’s culinary maestros – – some pro, some masters of their own domicile. Sip a signature cocktail (or kiddie mocktail!) concocted by the Tavern staff. Meet Puck, Mt. Washington writer and creator of My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet’s Guide. Play with the gurus of fun from aMuse Toys, and much more. First thirty families to stop by the (cool) progeny table will also receive a goodie bag stuffed by Charm City family-friendly businesses.

Public (that’s you… and your kids!) and local celebrities (we’ll be announcing them soon!) will judge the sandwiches for cash prizes ranging from $100 – $700 LIVE during the event. Categories include: Best Professional, Best Home Cook, Crowd Pleaser and Kid’s Choice.

Tickets are $10 per person but kids under 10 are FREE. You can buy them in advance or at the door. All proceeds benefit Moveable Feast. A fabulous organization and an even more fantastic cause. Moveable Feast provides life sustaining nutrition at no charge to people living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer in the Greater Baltimore Area.

Back to the fun. Because we do promise this play date will be TONS of fun. Did you catch that someone will be taking home the Kids’ Choice award for best grilled cheese in Baltimore? I’m guessing that awardee probably won’t be cooking up something with fromage bleu and onion straws…

Think you’ve got what it takes to take on the top chefs and wow the crowds with your mad grilled cheese skills? Submit the recipe for your grilled cheese to the competition! The Mt. Washington Tavern staff will be selecting three recipes (and therefore, three amateur chefs) to participate in the cook off during the first week of April. So you’ve got until April 1 to submit your cheesey delight! Original recipes only please. Click here for how to submit your recipe.

Your turn. Would love to hear your thoughts about indulging in gooey — they just may inspire a home cook to enter the contest! What ingredients make the sandwich in your house?

Look who’s helping us stuff the goodie bags for this event! Many, many thanks to our goodie bag sponsors. We’ll have a chance to tell you ALL ABOUT these wonderful Charm City family friendly businesses at the play date! {{And we’re not just sayin’ it, we really do LOVE them all!}}

(cool) fact: Did you know that April is Grilled Cheese Month?